VOLLEYBALL DIGEST (Sept. 30-Oct 11): East Central, McCollum maintain district leads

Edison's Marissa Cortinas (6) goes up for a kill against Brackenridge's Skyler Reyna (11) in a Sept. 30 match at Alamo Convocation Center.

Brackenridge, Jefferson hold their ground in 28-5A

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, East Central, Harlandale, Highlands, Jefferson, Lanier, Kennedy, McCollum, Memorial, Sam Houston.

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Edison's Marissa Cortinas (6) goes up for a kill against Brackenridge's Skyler Reyna (11) in a Sept. 30 match at Alamo Convocation Center.

Edison’s Marissa Cortinas (6) goes up for a kill against Brackenridge’s Skyler Reyna (11) in a Sept. 30 match at Alamo Convocation Center.

























Two unidentified Burbank players put up a block against Sam Houston's Rita Davis.

Two unidentified Burbank players put up a block against Sam Houston’s Rita Davis.

















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Karisma Mitchell (8) and Natalie Coburn (3) go up for a block against Burbank

Karisma Mitchell (8) and Natalie Coburn (3) go up for a block against Burbank



















The area’s district leaders, East Central (0-0, 5-0) and McCollum (0-0, 11-0), continued to cruise along in first place last week.

East Central registered two District 28-6A victories, defeating Corpus Christi King (3-1 in district) 25-20, 25-19, 23-25, 25-22 Oct. 7 and South San (16-16, 2-3) 25-16, 25-21, 28-26 Oct. 10. McCollum (19-8, 11-0) thumped Burbank (7-23, 0-10) 25-7, 25-12, 25-13 Oct. 7, but was idle last Friday.

At South San, Nichole West led East Central with 20 digs and served four aces. Madison Simon added 11 digs and eight kills. Other defensive standouts for the Hornets were Kirstin Bradley with eight digs, Skyeler Embry (12 kills) with seven digs and Kaylin Mills (26 assists) and Christie Cosper (4 kills, 3 aces, 1.5 blocks) with five digs apiece.

Lindsey Lubianski recorded nine kills and 2.5 blocks. Alex Pena served a team-high nine aces and produced 11 assists.

For South San, Kristen Farias contributed eight digs and four aces. Lauren Estrada smacked eight kills. Eric Jimenez dealt 18 assists. Kaitlyn Serna added two blocks.

King was the first 28-6A team to win a game against East Central.

Embry (13 kills), Simon (9 kills), Lubianski (8 kills) and Kaylin Mills (4 kills) were the Hornets’ offensive leaders against King. Mills added a team-high 32 assists. Brandi Campos led East Central with 23 digs. Pena (13 digs), Simon (10 digs), West (8 digs) and Mills (6 digs) were the top defenders. Cosper had 1.5 blocks.

For McCollum against Burbank, Catie Gonzalez secured 13 digs and served nine aces. Emily Solis (7 aces) and Victoria Yzaguirre (4 aces) also had strong serving matches. Yzaguirre added six digs, five kills and two blocks.

Alyssa Dimas finished with seven kills, Neyda Sanchez had six and Celeste Ramirez five. Savannah Borjas dealt 10 assists.

The Bulldogs were led by Antwanisha Riddle with five kills. Bianca Aguirre and Katherine Regalado each made four digs.


The Eagles (12-22, 8-4) solidified their hold on fourth place in District 28-5A with wins over eighth-place Lanier (4-21, 1-11) 1 Oct. 7 and seventh-place Sam Houston (13-15, 3-9) Oct. 10.

Meanwhile, the teams directly below Brackenridge in the standings Edison and Harlandale each split a pair of matches last week.

The Eagles swept Sam Houston 25-16, 25-13, 25-21 at Alamo Convocation Center.

Senior Jolicia Shelton-Brown led Brackenridge with eight kills and seven digs. Marquanique Freeman dealt 16 assists. Jasmin Gutierrez made two blocks.

For the Hurricanes, Tiaria Mackey distributed seven assists. Jasmine Darden and Natalie Coburn each made eight digs. Coburn also slammed four blocks.

Against Lanier at the ACC, Brackenridge won 14-25, 26-24, 25-10, 25-20.

Kathy Sifuentes led the Eagles with 17 digs. Freeman distributed 21 assists. Shelton-Brown added nine kills. Eshe Malone produced two blocks.

For Lanier, Emily Huerta recorded 26 digs. Elisa DeHoyos smashed nine kills. Rae Ann Douglas contributed 26 assists.


The third-place Mustangs (23-7, 9-3) had to answer a challenge from ninth-place Burbank District -5A loser (7-24, 0-11) Oct. 10 to claim a District 28-5A win at Alamo Convocation Center.

The Bulldogs battled to win Game 1 27-25. Jefferson triumphed 25-20, 25-12, 25-11 in the remaining games.

Senior Gabby Vasquez led Jefferson with 10 kills. Cecilia Campos finished with 11 digs and served a match-best eight aces. Madelyn Chavez dished 16 assists. Marisol Montejano executed three blocks.

Burbank was led by Katherine Regalado’s 23 digs. Savannah Casiano produced four blocks. Antwanisha Riddle delivered six kills. Sharriah Martinez served two aces. Jessica Molina was credited with six assists.

Jefferson also defeated Sam Houston 25-18, 25-9, 25-20 Oct. 7 at Alamo Convocation Center.

Angela Hardcastle led the Mustangs with six kills. Cecilia Campos and Katie Mojica each served three aces. Vasquez produced 16 digs. Chavez had 10 assists.

The Hurricanes were led by middle blocker Karisma Mitchell with eight kills and two blocks. Rita Davis recorded 10 assists. Jasmine Darden made eight digs.


The second-place Owls (22-10, 10-1) concluded the week with a four-game win over pesky District 28-5A rival Lanier Oct. 10 at Alamo Convocation Center. Highlands prevailed 25-13, 21-25, 25-22, 25-21.

Senior setter Angela Garcia finished with 26 assists for Highlands. Junior Bryten Mitchan added 12 kills. Kiara Pesina roved to make 20 digs. Jazmine Jackson served four aces.

Lanier was led by Douglas with 12 assists and four aces. Yulisa Beltran and Jenny Flores each produced two blocks.

The Owls’ scheduled Oct. 7 match at Highlands was delayed by a day because of a broken water main. However, the problem didn’t deter Highlands from giving a strong performance. The Owls won impressively 25-19, 20-25, 25-16, 27-25 over fifth-place Harlandale (13-16, 5-7).

Pesina led the Owls with 15 digs and six aces. Analisa Garza distributed 34 assists. Jackson slammed 14 kills and two blocks.

Harlandale’s leading hitters were was Madaline Mendez (12 kills), Angel Huron (10 kills), Tanya Ramos (6 kills) and Kassandra Munoz (6 kills). Munoz also chipped in eight digs and three blocks. Huron had four digs and three aces.

Kianna Sandoval notched 16 assists and nine digs. Alicia Garcia had a team-best 19 assists and four digs. Dominique Delgado (12 digs) and Breanna Soto (5 digs) also were defensive standouts for the Indians.


The sixth-place Indians picked up a key 28-5A win Friday over fifth-place Edison (13-20, 5-6) at Harlandale.

Garcia led Harlandale with 23 assists while producing 10 digs and two aces. Delgado had a team-high 17 digs and served three aces. Sandoval contributed 17 assists and four digs.

Mendez led the Indians with 14 kills and had three blocks. Lauren Gutierrez finished with 10 kills and eight digs. Munoz chipped in four kills and 14 digs. Ramos added six kills. Jezell Dimas had seven digs.

Edison was led by setter Marissa Cortinas with 26 assists. Samantha Lara crunched 10 kills. Lauren Gutierrz had 22 digs. Liann Mayen finished with four blocks.


The Minutemen (4-31, 1-9) racked up their first District 27-5A win and avenged a first-round loss to rival Kennedy (3-24, 1-8) Sept. 30 at Edgewood Gym. Memorial prevailed 25-20, 27-25, 25-19.

“We basically played some really good volleyball,” first-year Memorial coach Keelie Rader said. “I was really excited about it. We started playing as a whole team, instead of six individuals.”

Memorial’s solid performance in a previous match against San Marcos seemed to carry over. Miranda Puente, Larissa Lopez, Susan Vasquez, Melissa Montiel and libero Sarah Trevino were among the Minutemen’s standouts.

“We could have won that (match),” Rader said. “I told the girls we didn’t want to start this year at the top of the mountain, because then there was no place to go. It has taken us a little bit of time to get where we needed to be.”

The Minutemen lost in three games to Seguin Oct. 3. Game scores were not reported.

About Mike Considine (1585 Articles)
I started this blog as an extension of the sports stories I've been doing as an independent contractor for the Southside Reporter the past 12 years. I've been a sportswriter for more than 35 years, including two stints with the late, lamented San Antonio Light. My purpose, in creating this blog, is to shine a light on the athletic achievements of teams and athletes on the south side of San Antonio.

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